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4 Wishes for 4 Months

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This week in church we talked about the idea of influence. As a teacher, I liked to think I had a lot of influence on a few of my students, or perhaps more realistically a bit of influence on some of my students. In the earliest days of my teaching career I …

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Happy Test Day

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WARNING: This post talks about periods and eggs and pee and biology so approach with caution. Everyone always makes a big fuss about Baby’s one-year birthday (aka Mom’s one-year painday, may I remind you until you’re 35, son) and I suppose in the grand scheme of things that is the bigger deal. But I think that personally …

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Mama’s Postpartum Must-haves

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This post contains affiliate links because money is helpful but I encourage you to buy preloved whenever possible! A baby is kind of like a new car…once you have one, you immediately start noticing everyone else who has one or is going to have one. As we round out the fifth …

So How’s That Workin’ Out For Ya?

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The thing about pregnancy and parenthood is that you will suddenly and unknowingly issue a universal invitation for advice and warnings. And that avalanche of advice and warnings will prompt you to start making statements like, “I will always…” and, “Oh, we’ll never…” and, “The baby should definitely…” My only …

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Our Breastfeeding Odyssey

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Disclaimer: This post talks about boobs. Get over it. Actually, odyssey might be an understatement. Let’s go with Bataan Death March. Too much? Well, too bad because hormones. Everyone and their mother wags their heads and cautions new mothers that breastfeeding is natural but not always easy. In my case, …

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Choosing Life

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I am not, by nature, a politically active person. For better or for worse, I tend to focus on making my little corner of the world a slightly better place and avoid trying to decide what’s best for other people. This post isn’t meant to wade into the political or …

Who Comes First?

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Last week my former students whom I had last year at the career center had their convocation in which they received their career-tech credentials. Last year before I left, I’d promised my juniors to come back for their convocation. I had to break that promise. With Fire Monkey less than three …

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Our Birth Story

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Note: This post contains clinical language describing childbirth and, like the rest of this blog, should only be read by semi-mature audiences with a sense of humor and a grain of salt. It’s been one week since the longest 42 hours of my life, and I figured I had better …

Week 40 – Ready or Not…

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We’ve been getting variations of the same question for the past few weeks: “Are you ready?” In the sense of physical preparations, sure we are. I set up the basic nursery months ago and have been slowly rounding it out ever since. (Pictures soon, hopefully!) We have acquired no fewer …

Week 39 – The End…and the Beginning

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Dear Log: Given the pace of the last month this is likely my last entry before Fire Monkey’s invasion and the subsequent sleep deprivation apocalypse. It has been an honor sharing this journey with you. Farewell and godspeed. Just kidding. Sort of. Lately I’ve gone back and forth between, “I …